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Research Support and Governance Group

The Research Support and Governance Group (RSGG) is a sub-group of the Workforce, Education and Research Committee (WERC). The committee is accountable for Research Governance. This responsibility is delegated by the Medical Director to the Clinical Director for Research and Development.


The main aims of the group are as follows:

  • Review and approve all research projects within the trust ensuring compliance with the terms of the UK Policy Framework for Health and Social Care Research and identify potential risks to the trust.
  • Oversee the implementation of the UK Policy Framework for Health and Social Care throughout the trust, ensuring that all relevant information on the framework, EU directive, Good Clinical Practice etc is appropriately disseminated throughout the trust.
  • Ensure that effective research governance approval mechanisms are in place for the consideration of research projects submitted for approval.
  • Provide a forum for discussion on research governance issues that affect research activity locally
  • Ensure that the appropriate systems are in place to monitor, audit and review the outcomes of approved research.
  • Encourage research and development activity by providing support to local researchers and potential researchers from study conception through protocol development, preparation of applications and submissions for ethical and R&D review.
  • Monitor research grant applications and all finances related to research activities.
  • Agree research strategies and monitor progress
  • Monitor progress against national and local research network targets.


RSGG Members Comprise:

Clinical Director for Research & Development

Deputy Clinical Director for Research & Development

Head of Research and Development

Lead Nurse for Nursing, Midwifery and AHP Research

Research Grants Advisor

Senior Clinical Research Nurse

Research Management Co-ordinator

Deputy Director of Nursing

Non-Executive Director

Divisional Operational Managers

Financial Representative

Representative Research Active Clinicians

Head of Pharmacy



Meetings are private and are held bi-monthly.